By now, we’re all familiar with Nebraska DE/OLB Randy Gregory, his promising talents and his off-field issues after testing positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. His undeniable disruptive skills would without question be a tremendous addition to the New Orleans Saints, but is the talent worth the risk?
A number of mock drafts, which in reality mean absolutely nothing, have the Black and Gold selecting Gregory with the No. 13 overall pick in the first round. It would indeed be tough for Coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis to pass on him, given his uncanny ability to both stop the run and get after opposing quarterbacks — a problem for the Saints in 2014.
Is smoking a little weed really that bad? In the NFL it is if it’s a consistent occurrence (see Josh Gordon). Breaking league rules leads to suspension, which obviously hurts your team. Maybe the Saints can find a sense of maturity in Randy Gregory, who along with several other prospects, is scheduled for a meeting in the Big Easy sometime this week.
At 6-foot-5, Gregory uses his superior length to fight off blockers. His burst and explosiveness help him get upfield, tracking down ball carriers with ease. He’s a proven pass rusher and run stopper at the collegiate level, but of course the NFL is a different game.
He possesses quick feet for good change-of-direction abilities, which helps him attack the football. A combination of a high motor and mental and physical toughness keeps him grounded — he doesn’t stop fighting and never gives up.
Some would say the New Orleans Saints showed no fight or emotion a season ago. Gregory is a character who could come in and bolster that immediately.
Some more notable names scheduled to make an appearance in the Crescent City this week are UCLA linebackers Eric Kendricks (Monday) and Owamagbe Odighizuwa (Tuesday), Louisville WR DeVante Parker, Oregon OT Jake Fisher, Washington CB Marcus Peters and Virginia DE Eli Harold.
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